by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Lady Knights volleyball began the week with a satisfactory performance in Bartlett, and ended with its first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII win.
With a 2-2 showing at the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, and a two-game drubbing of host Morris on Tuesday, Kaneland now sits at 7-6 (1-0 NIB-12).
Kaneland began Saturday with a 25-18, 25-18 loss to Bartlett, but rallied to overtake Dundee-Crown by a final of 25-21, 25-10.
The third match came against Belvidere North and ended with a 27-25, 25-12 loss.
Never separated far from their opponents in the first game, Kaneland never took the lead. Although tied at 25, BN won out, despite strong front line play.
The second game had KHS tied 8-8 at one point, until it fell victim to a 17-3
run to end it.
â€œWe just needed to come out better in that first part,â€ KHS coach Todd Weimer said. â€œWe canâ€™t just wait for them to score a bunch of points and catch up. We need to learn to start out each game ahead. Itâ€™s still early in the season, and weâ€™re trying to figure out how to fix that.â€
In match four, Kaneland solved Larkin of Elgin 25-13, 25-19.
Kylie Siebert had 44 receptions and 43 digs on the day, while Taylor Bradbury added 35 assists and eight aces.
Against Morris, Katy Dudzinski had 10 kills and an ace, while Jess Lubic added six kills, 13 assists and two aces.
Kaneland now hosts DeKalb in conference play on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Photo: Grace Fabrizius (14) offers up a serve in Kanelandâ€™s third match of Saturdayâ€™s Bartlett Tournament, a 27-25, 25-12 loss to Belvidere North. Photo by Mike Slodki